Welwyn nutritional therapist shares tips on how to eat well

PUBLISHED: 15:30 27 January 2019

Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander has been speaking to Deirdre Swede in Welwyn. 
Picture: Deirdre Swede

Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander has been speaking to Deirdre Swede in Welwyn. Picture: Deirdre Swede

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Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander has been speaking to Deirdre Swede in Welwyn, who is a nutritional therapist.

Welwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander has been speaking to Deirdre Swede in Welwyn. 
Picture: Deirdre SwedeWelwyn Hatfield Times food columnist Becky Alexander has been speaking to Deirdre Swede in Welwyn. Picture: Deirdre Swede

There is a lot of information about eating at this time of year: veganuary, weight loss plans, juicing, 5-2 diets, marathon training plans...but what many of us need is just some sensible support and advice that is tailored to us.

We are all different, after all, with different needs.

I have been following Deirdre Swede on instagram; she is based in Welwyn and I like her sensible, real-life approach to eating well.

I got in touch with Deirdre to ask if she had any advice for our readers this January.

Deirdre has been a Registered Nutritional Therapist for a year, and offers relaxed, one-to-one support as well as group workshops.

She is very easy to talk to and her focus is on helping you to feel great, more energised, and to make small, positive changes if you need to.

Deirdre told me that we tend to focus on what we need to cut out, but her approach is to make sure we eat enough of what our bodies actually need.

“So many of us beat ourselves up about what we eat; I think we should focus on what we do well”, she explained.

In January, Deirdre suggests eating plenty of warming and nourishing porridge, soups and stews.

She mentioned that eating salads and raw foods can be a bit tough at this time of year.

One tip is to treat yourself to a veg box delivery scheme; it is a great way to make sure you eat seasonal, fresh vegetables, including some you might not always buy, and will help you to “eat the rainbow”.

Deirdre also offers group workshops: her most recent was on hormone health and was ideal for peri- or menopausal women (basically most of us in our 40s and 50s!).

At the workshop Deirdre spoke about how sleep and stress can have an impact on your health, and cooked beetroot dip, dahl, roast vegetables and soup to show how easy it is to get more vegetables and pulses into your day.

The next workshop is planned for 11 February (19.15-21.30).

You can contact Deirdre via nutrition@deirdreswede.co.uk and her Facebook page has lots of ideas for eating well.

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